We started our local group about 4 years ago and right from the start those
of us who had some experience in archaeology were keen to ensure that
everyone was well grounded in the basic principles, particularly when it
came to recording etc. For this reason we decided to make use of the MOLAS
system for Single Context recording and taught this in house but under
advisement from other arcaheologists. We also now run a series of courses
each spring in conjunction with the WEA on specialist aspects of
archaeology such as pottery identification.
We then bring in occasional speakers from the local professional units to
give talks on things like Desk Top Assessments and Excavation reports.
As I say most of what we do is in house and seems to suit the level of
activity that we undertake. We have had people digging for one of the Two
men in a Trench programs and are encouraged that we didn't make fools of
Off the back of the group we now have three members who are starting
certificate and degree courses in archaeology and have been told that their
membership of the group did help in their applications so I think we must
be doing something right.